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Policy Statements on PGMA's Speech at the LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES - MINDANAO CLUSTER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Philippine Embassy Staff   
Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:13
Philippine Consulate General
Los Angeles, California

28 February 2008


Davao City

FEBRUARY 27, 2008


"I am very happy to be here to sign the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund extension because that is a key to peace, process and countryside development. The agricultural competitiveness enhancement fund is to help our agricultural sector and also it is a means to spread development away from an inequitable concentration in Metro Manila to help the farmers and the agri-businessmen especially the small agri-businessmen, many of whom are in Mindanao, to become more competitive and improve their lives."

"With the ACEF, we can strengthen the infrastructure juggernaut of the P200 billion budget which comes partly from the appropriations act, the government corporations and the local governments."


"A strong and growing economy is the central pillar that together with the mayors, our legislators and I have labored to create, to help guarantee peace and order and stability in our country especially in Mindanao. That is what the new level of engagement or peace is all about. If we want peace, we have to have development. This is our motive for getting up every day to work hard and focus like a laser
beam to fix our economy. We have made tough and unpopular decisions, tax reforms to raise revenues and crack down on tax cheats so that we could invest in our physical infrastructure and in our people."


"While the high price of oil is a global issue outside the control of government, we have nevertheless taken and will continue to take actions to reduce the pain on the people of these high prices. We have
cut tariffs on oil."

Poverty Alleviation

"We have begun providing targeted cash payments to the poorest of our poor, especially in the seven

poorest provinces in Mindanao to help them cope."

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